The biggest UFC fights now draw millions of viewers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money—including tens of thousands for bonus awards, with titles like “Submission of the Night” or “Knockout of the Night.” piece, David Samuels takes a look at this evolving sport by profiling one of its most unorthodox champions: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Like the sport itself, Rampage is an unusual hybrid—all at once a born-again Christian and a father of four, known for his self-effacing personal decency; a regular staple of the Hollywood club scene, who shows up in a monster truck fashioned with a giant image of his own face; and an unyielding fighter who won UFC’s light heavyweight championship in 2007 with a brutal series of punches in the first round.
“I feel like it’s one of the only things in my life that gives me a little edge.” I leave, and find Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, standing at ringside. Or are they all ex-club fighters who couldn't make it as boxers? As I began to watch more and more of this, it became clear to me that the sport has gone through a transformation in the last ten years, and there’s now a cadre of these fighters who can do really incredible things. It would be fair to consider him the greatest mixed martial arts fighter in the world right now.
He is surprisingly geeky, with long, straight hair flanking his sallow face. It’s a lot deeper than what meets the eye.”This piece is about Quinton Jackson, a born-again Christian ultimate fighting champion, which I suppose is not the most obvious of subjects. These are world-class athletes who’ve combined a lot of traditional moves—from martial arts, wrestling, boxing and other styles—into this new kind of evolution in martial arts. But he is a Brazilian guy, and to really do that piece well, I’d have needed to spend some time in Brazil and write about the martial arts culture there, and I didn’t feel expert enough to do that.
“It’s something that requires being plugged into the universe in a very special way,” the rock star explains, in the distanced, even-tempered tones of an introvert who twists and shouts onstage. A lot of this is the kind of stuff that I grew up watching first on The top fighters at this level really can do those things. I don’t speak Portugese, either, and Silva’s English isn’t that great.
So I was interested because it seemed like I could write both about the evolution of fighting, and about a world where the top competitors really are great athletes. There’s also a great Canadian fighter named Georges St. But he’s Canadian, and I felt that since this is an American magazine I should write about an American fighter.
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Reporting before the fights, Samuels captured the scene—along with what some fans get from the sport: The pay-per-view broadcast starts at 7 p.m. By five, maybe 3,000 people are already in their seats. The supervising physician from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, whose name is Doc Brown, is the first to claim his seat at ringside. “I’ll be in there tonight, I guarantee it,” he says.
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